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Koike, rival Renho clash over child policies in Tokyo governor race

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Koike also vowed to "protect the capital" by setting up underground shelters to evacuate residents in case of missile strikes by foreign countries.

Underground shelters to protect against missile strikes?

Is she that desperate for policy issues?

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""I would like to create a Tokyo where child-rearing and education are less costly,"

So... why didn't you do that over the last eight years? Too busy with the Olympics no one wanted and making signs to hold up of what you are saying?

-3 ( +25 / -28 )

did she just get out of some...cave?

how abt last 8 plus years?wasuretaaaaa?

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So... why didn't you do that over the last eight years?

Nice rhetorical question.

Too busy with the Olympics no one wanted

I don’t think we can credit Koike with the failure of the Tokyo Olympics over Prime Minister Abe, who was in office when Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Games was officially lodged. The initial chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee was Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, who was later replaced by Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose. PM Abe and former PM Aso were on that committee, as was the corrupt former PM Mori, who was selected to head the committee in 2014, shortly after Tokyo was selected by the IOC to host.

Those guys and their acolytes deserve much more “credit” than Koike.

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"...Prime Minister Abe, who was in office when Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Games was officially lodged." 

Doesn't matter. The bid committee was set up in 2011, a year before Abe came to office. The decision to bid for Olympics was made well before Abe was PM.

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Get her out. Worst governor in decades.

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Ladies, I have no qualms with either of you. But all the "I'll urge" promises to run on don't mean anything to anyone anymore. If the men who run this country, for as bad as they are... at everything, can't "urge" these companies and even themselves to change their ways to make the country better... what chance do you think ladies have in a country that is near the bottom of the list in equality.

Perhaps thats too cynical of an outlook. But I'm starting to get triggered by all these politicians "urging companies to raise wages" how about you enact some actual consequences to ones that don't?

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The bid committee was set up in 2011, a year before Abe came to office. The decision to bid for Olympics was made well before Abe was PM.

You’re forgetting Abe’s initial term as prime minister.

The decision to bid for 2020 was connected to the decision to bid for 2016. And the bid committee for 2016 was set up in 2007. Guess who was prime minister in 2007?

Shinzo Abe.

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"public promises" that present Tokyo governor Koike achieved are zero.

But, major TV channels under strong influence of ad corporation "Dentsu" who benefited by present Tokyo governor avoid even summary about 8 years of defective Koike metropolitan regime, on the other hand, repeat negative campaigning against opposite candidate Renho by using even falsehood.

Today, Koike announced public promises by online to escape from tough question such as falsifying career or collusion with corporations or deforestation.

And, it was undemocratic farce press conference that only reporters who Koike chose just repeated innocuous questions.

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Underground shelters to protect against missile strikes?

She already has by expanding the underground facilities and infrastructure in the Tokyo Metro subway system.

It was intended from the start to serve a second purpose as bomb shelters.

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Maaaan, all they have to do to increase the birthrate in this country is to just let people start and finish work on time, don't bother them on their days off and don't pressure them to do unnecessary things. When people are happy, they f...orget about their problems.

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Aoi Azuuri:

"public promises" that present Tokyo governor Koike achieved are zero.

Actually she achieved all of her "7 Zeros" promises.

Don't be fooled by propaganda by ant-Koike. Study the facts instead.

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Koike is only running because she doesn't want to move out of her free apartment. Dr Nakamats would make a great governor -- he's a youthful 95.

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@HappySmiles

"the decision to bid for 2020 was connected to the decision to bid for 2016"

That's a bit of a stretch but even if it were true, the Japan olympic committee selected Tokyo as candidate for 2016 in August 2006. That was just before Abe's first shot at being PM.

People in city hall and certain athletes and officials in Japan's sporting world were primarily responsible for bring the olympics disaster to Tokyo in 2021, not Abe.

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A competition to spend Tokyo tax payers money on projects doomed to fail. Women are not having babies due to the lack of a few thousand yen a month. It is far bigger a societal problem than throwing some loose change can fix.

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It is a good trend to see competent female politicians focusing on important social issues.

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